Published on February 27, 2014
THE HAND THAT ROCKS THE CRADLE RULES THE WORLD. “The hand that rocks the cradle.” Enlightening words of William Ross Wallace, an American Poet, lay down the very essence of a woman, a mother, a maker. These words signify a dignified thought which cannot be as forcefully expressed, even in a thick volume of pages. A cradle, in the simplest of English language, means a cot where a mother protectively lays her child and moves it to and fro securing her baby's sleep and stupor. How often is it thought that a mother not only sways and lulls her child to sleep, but continues to rock the cradle of life, showing the child the righteous path and rooting strength until the child’s metamorphosis into an able human being. It is therefore rightly said that 'the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world' for the loving hand of the mother moulds a ruler. "God bless my mother; all that I am or ever hope to be I owe to her", these words of the 16th American President, Abraham Lincoln, express immense devotion to
the memory of a mother. Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, upon receiving the Bharat Ratna, dedicated his award to not only his mother but to all the mothers in the country for their tireless contribution to the sons of this country. The 'angry young man' of Bollywood, Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, in his statement, mentioned that it was his mother who gave him the desire for admiration of the finer elements of life, encouraged him in defeat and shed tears in his victory. In every corner of this rounded world stand men and women owing their success and accomplishments to their mothers. Yet, the plight of today's world is the fact that the hand that rocks the cradle is chained and shackled. The hand that rocks the cradle shrivels under the societal brutality and disrespect. A woman is equal to a man. These words echo in every school, college and institution but still bounce off the walls without being heard. Hollow legislations, failing policies and empty efforts make sure that the condition of a woman today degenerates exponentially each passing day. India, what we fondly call our 'motherland' or 'Bharat Mata' carries on her chest the burden of being one of the most dangerous countries for a woman in the world. Trafficking, sexual exploitation, slavery, abuse, forced marriages are a few amongst an unending list of atrocities inflicted upon women. The sole and the most apparent reasoning for this torture apparent on the face is the belief that women can never be on an equal footing with a man, however many cradles she may rock. In this worldly scenario of inequality, a dim hope of light is seen every fortnight. Modern India, or politically put, the modern part of India, sees women excelling in the different fields of life such as education, sports, politics, media, art and culture, service sectors, science and technology. Mrs. Pratibha Patil, Former President of India, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the
longest holding lady Prime Minister in the world, Ms. Hillary Clinton, formerly the Secretary of State, Former U.S. Senator and also formerly the First Lady are only few examples of women and mothers who have successfully rocked the cradle and out-shined men in their fields. Forbes most powerful woman, Angela Merken, Chancellor of Germany is the backbone of the 27-member European Union and carries the fate of the Euro on her shoulders. The Constitution of India, in consonance with International Laws, provides equal rights and opportunities to women and bars any form of discrimination on the grounds of sex. Article 14 of the Constitution is the touchstone of equality and assures at par status to women in India. Article 16 provides for equal opportunity for citizens in matters relating to employment or appointment to any office under the State. Article 39 calls for the State to direct its policy towards securing for men and women equally the right to an adequate means of livelihood and equal pay for equal work for both men and women. The plethora of laws, rules and regulations can only indicate the direction of correct societal behaviour. What needs an intense change is the mindset of men and women to gain strength from these works of paper and a deep-rooted understanding of the fact that women do not need legislations to be respected. They command respect not because it is to be given under the code of law but because they are human. The same formation like men, the same art of the superior being. When this thought is imbibed in each person with a beating heart, the hand rocking the cradle will not only be just of a woman. And even if it is so, it shall not adorn chains, but a flawless shine of being an equal. We await a world where the question of women empowerment does not arise. Where feminism is not striking out loud every time the pendulum strikes. We
await a world where people understand that the harmony of yin-yan is achievable only when men and women stand at the same platform holding the same status without the need of only rookie regulation assuring and saving women from crimes. When women walk, work and live not behind a man but at par. For we all know, it’s not uncommonly said that behind every successful man, and I add, human, stands a 'rock'ing woman. -Preet Jham
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